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Friday, April 23, 2021

Newcastle Fringe Festival to kick off with Mad Bitches tonight

Burlesque dancing, fire twirling, live music, theatre and performance poetry is set to take over Newcastle’s Royal Exchange Salon Theatre tonight.

The activities are part of the city’s annual Fringe Festival which launches tonight.

While the show has sold out of tickets for its weekend performances, there are still limited tickets to tonight’s debut.

Mad Bitches Inc. is a female-fronted cabaret show that describes itself as ‘a sexy, smart and bloody funny female fronted cabaret show with a generous helping of wild performance poetry and cutting-edge theatre’.

Curated by Helen Hopcroft, who once spent a year dressed as Marie Antoinette, Mad Bitches Inc. features cabaret artist Sophie Cook, actor Lou Chapman, performers Christina Robberds, Sally Denmead, Brooke King, Wolf Ifritah and Camille Adams, artist Nina Katzmarski, poets Pip Sheehan Lowther, Gillian Swain and Janette Hoppe, dancers Legs 11.11, Tahira and Teshegun and Dusseldorf-based playwright and director Fiona Leonard.

“It’s a slightly unhinged yet deeply felt celebration of female creativity and power,” Helen Hopcroft says.

Mad Bitches Inc. includes the world premiere of Fiona Leonard’s new play ‘It’s easier to say clitoris when you’re dead’, about a woman who dies while masturbating in a bathtub.

“It’s an hilarious short play starring acclaimed actor Lou Chapman and an attractive maroon clawfoot,” Hopcroft says.

“Audiences will leave wanting to start a revolution.” 

For more information go to www.newcastlefringe.com.au

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